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NCJ Number: 118530 Find in a Library
Title: Mood Disturbances Among Women Clients Sexually Abused in Childhood -- Prevalence, Etiology, Treatment
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:4  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1989)  Pages:164-184
Author(s): D Jehu
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Dept of National Health and Welfare
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1B4, Canada
Grant Number: 4556-1-12
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In a study of 51 previously abused women who entered therapy, ninety-two percent were found to have at least one form of mood disturbance such as low self-esteem, feelings of guilt and depressive episodes.
Abstract: The study hypothesized that these disturbances might arise from certain distorted beliefs that clients hold concerning their earlier sexual abuse. Some common self-blaming and self-denigratory beliefs were outlined. An intervention package that included cognitive restructuring procedures was accompanied by clinically and statistically significant improvements in the client's belief systems and the associated mood disturbances. Tables and 18 references. (Author abstract modified).
Main Term(s): Abused women
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD); Sexual assault trauma
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